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July 2017

How to Grow Followers for Your Sewing Blog

vintage sewing machineDo you love sewing and your vintage sewing machine so much you have to write about it all the time?! We don’t blame you! Sewing is something that has become more popular in recent years.

Older generations all knew how to sew, but sewing as a skill died out in the late 20th Century. Clothes had become so cheap, it didn’t seem worth making your own. But then ethical concerns came in – how were these cheap outfits being made? And is it sustainable to create a demand for tops and trousers that can be thrown away after only a few wears?

There are lots of brilliant sewing blogs out there. If you want to create one or you want to make yours more popular, read on for our tips to grow your followers…

  • Link your blog to your social media accounts. WordPress, for instance, can be set, so your blogs appear on Twitter, and Facebook et al. the minute they are published.
  • Follow other people with the same interests. They will follow you back, and you might find their audience likes what you do.
  • Write relevant information that helps people. If you type sewing queries into Google, the autocomplete will often suggest what other people are asking – things such as how do I care for my vintage sewing machine, or how do I use a heavy-duty leather sewing machine. A mix of general and niche is good.
  • Make sure your blogs are easy to read. Use short sentences and paragraphs, and check for typos before you publish.
  • Use plenty of pictures – or videos. They often demonstrate a point in the best way.
  • Use good keywords thoughtfully. Keywords are the words associated with a particular business or topic that people type into search engines.
  • Guest post on other sewing or craft blogs. If you can offer well-written, useful information, other people will want it. Encourage guest posts on your own blog.
  • Update your blog regularly. You don’t want to bombard people as they will stop following, but once a week is a good target to aim for.
  • Respond to likes and comments. It’s only good manners to reply to any comments. And it makes people feel the time they have taken to say something was worthwhile.

Good luck with your sewing blog!

Sewing4Everyone specialises in the sale of refurbished sewing machines, including the vintage sewing machine. Check out our full range here.

 

 

Why Second-hand is Best!

IMG_4725Sewing4Everyone specialises in the sale of second hand sewing machines (such as this lovely Singer 29k sewing machine), but why is it better to buy refurbished sewing machines, rather than new?

In general, second-hand goods are much, much better for the environment. We live in an age of things. If you talk to your grandparents, they will tell you people lived with a lot less stuff in Ye Olden Days. And you know what? They didn’t suffer for it.

When you buy second-hand goods in general, you cut down on manufacturing demands, and you keep items out of landfill. Huge amounts of man-made goods are routinely thrown away, but refurbished sewing machines give longer life to items other people can use. Let’s save the earth, one Singer 29k sewing machine at a time!

If you are someone who likes good-quality items refurbished sewing machines make perfect sense. You will get a reliable, premium machine at a reasonable price. Wouldn’t you rather spend money on a stellar, old sewing machine than a brand-new lesser make? Here at Sewing4Everyone, we sell some of the best makes of sewing machines there are – the Singer 29k sewing machine, for example, and the Jones Brother Heavy Duty sewing machines.

There is also the thrill of the hunt that comes from second-hand shopping. If you love sewing you will know there are iconic sewing machines out there. By browsing these pages, you’ve just found your paradise!

Finally, a second-hand sewing machine is an investment in quality. We only provide the very best refurbished sewing machines. We hand-select our machines (and we are experts when it comes to the world of the needle and thread) and we are always on hand to give you advice, should you need it. Your sewing machine will be an investment for years to come.

The quality is assured. Before our machines leave us, they are serviced by our trained sewing machine mechanics to check that they meet our standards for reliability, performance and style. Our heavy-duty sewing machines are perfect for thick and/or tough fabrics, and you’ll receive a manual and help guide to get you started.

Why not start your sewing adventure today? From the Singer 29k sewing machine, to the Janome Semi Industrial Zigzag Sewing Machine, we’ve got them all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Singer Sewing Machines – Facts

singer 29k sewing machine

Singer 29k sewing machine

If you’re a fan of used sewing machines, then the Singer name will be familiar to you. Singer is synonymous with sewing machines, and for almost one hundred years, it was the best-known sewing machine in the world (and still is to an extent).

There are plenty of interesting facts about Singer. Here are just some of them…

  • Isaac Merrit Singer (1811-1875), the founder of the Singer Sewing Machine company, patented a prototype sewing machine that could sew 900 stitches in a minute
  • Singer is thought to have fathered at least 24 children with his wives and mistresses
  • used sewing machines

    Singer Model 1

    The first Singer sewing machine was known as the Model No. 1

  • Singer’s general manager George Ross McKenzie was given the job of finding Singer’s first overseas factory. A former Scot who’d emigrated to American in 1846, he chose Glasgow.
  • The company soon outgrew its Glasgow location, and it purchased land in Clydebank – the Kilbowie factory and building was completed on this in 1885
  • By the summer of 1885, Singer’s Kilbowie factory was the largest one in the world
  • Best-selling Singer domestic sewing machines include the Singer 12K, the Singer 99 and the Singer Featherweight. If you like used sewing machines, you’ll be able to find these
  • Clydebank’s most famous landmark was the Singer 200ft clock tower – the largest four-faced clock in the world. Each face weighed a massive five tonnes, and it took four men 15 minutes twice a week to keep it wound up.
  • The company began mass-producing domestic electric sewing machines in 1910
  • Singer’s success was also credited to its instalment payment plans. The company offered credit purchases and arrangements for rent to own where people could rent the sewing machines and eventually buy them
  • In 1913, at the peak of production, the factory shipped more than 1,301,000 sewing machines around the world, thanks to its 14,000 employees.
  • The factory was bombed during the Clydebank blitz in March 1941. No-one was killed at the plant, although 39 workers died in the town
  • Many Singer used sewing machines and vintage models are now collectors’ items
  • The Singer Corporation is now part of SVP Worldwide, and it produces a range of consumer products, including electric sewing machines.

Sewing4Everyone specialises in the sale of used sewing machines, including Singer sewing machines. Check out our range to see if we have the sewing machine that suits you needs.

 

The Story Behind a Pre-Owned Sewing Machine

pre-owned sewing machineSewing4Everyone prides itself on its collection of antique sewing machines and the pre-owned sewing machine. One of those we have is an untouched Singer 99k, still with its original paperwork and dated back to the outbreak of World War Two.

The Singer 99k was introduced in 1911 and production continued until the 1950s. It was created in response to the demand for lighter, more portable machines that didn’t need a special table. In the 1920s, Singer introduced the possibility of an electric motor for the machine, making it the first portable electric sewing machine.

The 99k in our warehouse has to have a brilliant story behind it, seeing as the owner never got to use it… We don’t know, but we thought we’d try to imagine what happened to the owner of this beautiful pre-owned machine…

The Story Behind a Pre-Owned Sewing Machine

“This is the Singer 99k.” One of Mrs Gray’s talents was her ability to speak through a mouthful of pins. She patted the box. “I expect we’ll be busy over the next few months.”

Rose sipped her tea. Mrs Gray never needed much in the way of response. You just had to nod here and there. There was something she had to tell her employer, though, and she dreaded saying the words.

“I reckon there’ll be a rush on people getting married, don’t you?”

Rose found herself blushing. She lived in hope of marriage herself, though George had made no mention of it. They’d been courting for five months now and she thought that plenty of time for a young man to make up his mind. The outbreak of war would surely force his hand?

“People might not have time for wedding dresses, though,” Mrs Gray mused, and Rose’s heart sank. She’d set her mind on a beautiful organza, peach-coloured dress. Never mind that her seamstresses’ wages would barely cover the material costs. Or that George was yet to propose.

“We must give them beauty and hope in sad times!”

Mrs Gray stared at her. Responses from Rose were rarely that passionate, but she nodded, slowly.

“Yes, we must. I’ve had enough of black-out curtains, I can tell you.”

“I’ve signed up for work at the factory.” More unexpected words from Rose. The factory did more important work, she reckoned. And the pay was much better.

Mrs Gray made herself another tea. “I don’t know if we really will be busy. If this goes on, they’ll probably start rationing clothes as well as food. I’m too old for another war.”

She shooed Rose out, locking the door to Mrs Gray’s Finest Dresses.

“Come to me before you get married. I’ll make you a dress. No charge.”

Rose beamed at her, the vision of the organza dress appearing once more in front of her eyes. George would indeed propose some two weeks later. And a week after that, he’d be killed – an early casualty of a devastating war.

Want your own, amazing pre-owned sewing machine? Sewing4Everyone has a great collection of refurbished and second hand sewing machines.  

Photo from Charmainezoe on flickr reproduced thanks to Creative Commons

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antique Sewing Machines – Singer 29K

singer 29k sewing machine

Ever wondered what the deal is with Singer antique sewing machines and the numbers? They refer to the patents. Isaac Singer got his first patent for a sewing machine, and that was Singer 1, and thus each new model was numbered accordingly.

The Singer 29K was originally made for industrial use and was favoured by cobblers and other sewers working with goods such as gloves and bags. The machine’s narrow arm and revolving foot could sew in any direction. It has no underneath feed, instead a foot that walks the work through the machine. The small container in the middle of the machine was for oil to lubricate the thread.

The machine can be used to stitch leather, canvas, blankets, fabrics and other material such as rubber. The recommended maximum thickness is about 3mm. Parts are easy enough to pick up too, and there are lots of films on YouTube showing you how to use the machine to best effect.

The Singer 29K was mainly manufactured in Singer’s Scottish factory in Clydebank. Singer initially set up a factory in Glasgow in the 1860s. The country was chosen as it has iron-making industries and cheap labour. The first factory was near Queen Street train station, but production soon outgrew the premises. Manufacturing was moved to Bridgeton, but again in time, the buildings didn’t meet the requirements.

singer 29k sewing machine

In 1882, George McKenzie opened what was to become the largest Singer factory in the world at Kilbowie, Clydebank. Built above the plant’s middle wing was an iconic, huge clock tower – 200 feet tall, and with the name Singer clearly emblazoned on the front for all to see.

The completed factory covered almost a million square feet and employed some 7,000 employees, producing an average 13,000 sewing machines a week. As it was so productive, the US Singer company set up Singer Manufacturing Company Ltd as a UK-registered business. At its peak, the factory employed 16,000 people.

The factory closed in 1980, and the buildings were demolished in 1998.

singer 29k sewing machine

The pre-1970s Singer sewing machines were built to last. They were easy to use and straightforward. The Singer 29K machine is still being used in leather workshops and cobblers all over the world – an example of just how amazing the antique sewing machines are.

Sewing4Everyone sells antique sewing machines, vintage sewing machines and refurbished models. We have a wide selection of machines available. If you’d like to discuss a machine in detail, please contact us on 01782 943667.

 

 

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